With fines for littering having risen from £50 to £80 as of April 1, Argyll and Bute Council is urging residents to act responsibly by binning their litter, or recycling where possible.
The increase in penalties was as result of a national initiative to tackle littering, which costs Scotland over £78 million a year.
In a release issued by the authority, it states: “Argyll and Bute is a beautiful place to live in and visit and everyone has a responsibility to keep it clean and litter-free.
“Litter can be unsightly, smelly and dangerous – it spoils the look of our landscape, it can kill wild animals and it can cause fires. Lots of litter makes an area look rundown and dirty – it’s bad for business, tourism and house prices.
“Issuing penalties can punish offenders, however, it would be much better if people acted responsibly and didn’t drop litter in the first place.”
Litter is classed as any item of waste in the wrong place, and includes cigarette butts.